Agree With Akin? Should Feds Stop Funding School Lunches?

Is U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's recent suggestion correct? Should states such as Missouri pay for the lunches?

Roughly 567 million lunches were served this May as part of the National School Lunch Program, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture state. But is it the federal government's job to make sure kids get lunch?

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) isn't so sure, as St. Louis Public Radio reported this week. During a stop at the Missouri State Fair, he said that while he's not against school lunches, he thinks the responsibility is one that could be better handled by states.

Roughly 646,000 Missouri students participated in the federal lunch program during fiscal year 2011, data show. That's down from 649,000 the previous year but up from the years 2007-09, when participation stood between roughly 639,000 and 645,000 annually.

By comparison, the fiscal year 2011 lunch-program participation of neighboring states varied:

  • Illinois: 1.16 million
  • Iowa: 397,000
  • Kansas: 362,000
  • Arkansas: 353,000

In fiscal year 2010, the federal government spent $9.7 billion on the lunch program, the Food Research & Action Center states. The nonprofit aims to improve policy in an effort to end hunger. The lunch program "makes it possible for all school children in the United States to receive a nutritious lunch every school day," the center's website states.

For the 2011-12 school year, participating schools in most states received $2.77 in reimbursements for free lunches, $2.37 for reduced-price lunches and $0.26 for paid lunches.

Would you support ending federal support for school lunches? Do states have adequate funding and resources to provide food to kids in need? To what degree would such a system run efficiently? Are there alternatives that should be considered?

Debbie in Ballwin April 14, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Yes back then PUBLIC SCHOOLS actually EDUCATED people!
Debbie in Ballwin April 14, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Welcome to the real world where these 4 things you mention happen everyday to others trying desparatly to take care of families and homes even making less then proposed here........
Debbie in Ballwin April 14, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Paul Revere you are right, the liberals are beginning to react, your words are touching a nerve...FREEDOM OF SPEECH at it's finest!
Mike Stevens April 15, 2013 at 12:05 AM
When you say that real estate tax should go for the classrooms, what exactly do you mean? The textbooks, computers, supplies? Because most research will show that even with the very best textbooks and computers, students need the best teachers to progress. Why should we care about having the best teachers? Because our nation, one with free public education that one of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, thought was so vitally important, needs to compete in the global world. A world where teachers are better paid and more respected. I've read that an average teacher in the US makes about 68% of the income of the average private sector worker, whereas in other countries (with better test scores) they make just as much or more. You constantly complain about teacher pay, but teachers are not paid by the hour and cannot get overtime or triple time, do not get performance bonuses, do not get any perks like gym memberships or Cardinals tickets. The teacher job market is one that is really only open from April - July, whereas private sector jobs come open all year round. One comment I made to you (that you have never responded to) was this--would you want the lowest paid doctor performing surgery on you in the lowest-taxed hospital? If so, then certainly let us know, but if not, then tell me how that differs from having the lowest paid teacher in the lowest taxed district, because both people profoundly affect your life.... And wasn't Paul Revere a liberal?
PaulRevere's Mom April 15, 2013 at 02:04 AM
oh yeah, that is one thing he is good at EXERCISING FREEDOM OF SPEECH! If that is what you call this - people like you and HIM in the basement commenting on the Patch instead of enjoying this beautiful day and FIXING ME PINA COLADAS!


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